Ian Bogost throws out a challenge to us (bloggers) all: How should blogs evolve? What kinds of media do we want for our thinking, writing, debating, communicating?
In other words, rather than celebrating what blogs allow us to do, or lament the knee-jerk negativity they still elicit in some (notably, academic) circles, and rather than merely taking them for granted as we’ve received them, how can we make them do what we want them to do? And if we can’t, what can we (eventually) replace them with?
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Having looked at the debate among critical geographers over blogging and social media (here, here, and here), let’s look at another, adjacent discipline: anthropology.
No work necessary: Ryan Anderson’s latest post at Ethnographix does it for us. Anthropologists, Anderson writes, have been “slow to find their way into the vastness that is the internet.” Fortunately, there are some excellent exceptions. His overview of them covers almost all of the anthro blogs in my own blog reader: Savage Minds, Neuroanthropology, Zero Anthropology, Middle Savagery, Archaeological Haecceities, media/anthropology, Michael Shanks’s excellent personal blog, and a few others. (I would add Anthropology.net and Material World to the list.)
Anderson has cross-posted the piece, plus a readers’ poll, at Daily Kos.
(This could become a little like my Environmental Thought and Culture graduate seminar, where we do a survey of how different social science and humanities disciplines are meeting the eco-critical challenges of the twenty-first century. Next stop: philosophy? sociology? English lit? communication studies? I’ll leave those to others, for now.)
(Note: (polo)(blogo) bears no relationship to bolo’bolo. But maybe it should.)